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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 188
Gots: 224 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head that recedes to long lasting surface skim, some decent lacing. Body is a hazy dark garnet. Looks quite beautiful.

Smell - horse blanket sourness, sour plums, sour cherries, raisins, malt bread, and medicinal alcohol. Mouthwatering sourness.

Taste - like the smell. Horse blanket, sour cherries, plums, raisins, malt bread, all washed down with spicy, and medicinal, but not harsh, alcohol. Very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, fluid, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, very complex and rewarding. High abv obviously limits sessionability. Enjoy with food.

ultralarry2006, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time on this one. Pours a hazy brown/ruby, big off white head, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, tons of toffee, alcohol, spices, yeasty, some banana, real strong. Taste is very sweet at first, big toffee and apples, alcohol, spices and banana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, lots of heat, but a nice strong Belgian.

Viggo, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sam's the bottles says 2005. Poured into a chalice a hazy dark brown with warm red high lights. The head rises to a nice thickness and then slowly dissipates to a point and lingers, leaving lacing all around. It smells predominantly of sweet malts, candied apples, or even the smell of a half eaten apple set out a while (which honestly is nice because the sugars come more forward) brown sugar, figs, caramel, bread and minor toasted notes. For me some of the fruit esters really come into their own and then fall back on old, but excellent standards. The taste is sweet with mildly bitter caramel notes, then some brown sugar onto a slightly carbonated taste of banana, apple bread. The drink finishes with a mellow cooked green apple flavor coupled with well-balanced raison and supportively helpful hops. The mouthful is nice on this one. Honestly the 11%abv was not present in the smell, but has come to full strength after the beverages was imbibed. This is a wickedly strong, yet tasty brew, totally Belgium and kick ass in a very pleasing way. Its like every sip evokes a history and intoxicates me all the more. There is no question that I will buy this again, its more do I buy one to show a friend or two so I always have one around for special occasions.

mmcave, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a very murk dark orange/brown. The head is about one finger and somewhat soapy and tan at first. It quickly settles at a thin but very creamy light-tan head that leaves good lacing on the way down.

Smell - Rich dark ripe fruits, mainly fig and cherry. Some slight smokey character, and some peppery spiciness with just a hint of clove. A huge bread pudding-like malt character that acts as a foundation for the rest of the aroma. Some background sweetness of rich caramel and molasses. Slight warmnth on the nose from the alcohol.

Taste - Lots of ripe cherry and fig right away, with some moderate alcohol warmnth. Some earthy notes right away, though they are mild. Floral and herbal hops mixed with some caramel and candied fruit sweetness. Again a huge bready malt with more earthiness mixed in. The finish mellows from the fruits and transforms into a mild sweetness with a full and rich malt character which tasts slightly toasted (but only toward the finish). Alcohol warmnth all the way through, but mainly at the beginning of a taste.

Mouthfeel - Luxuriously smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Would have been a perfect mouthfeel (it really is heavenly), but the beer turns completely to foam toward the finish. Extremely smooth, though, and no unpleasantness at all from the carbonation.

Drinkability - Very strong flavors and at 11% ABV and noticeable, this beer takes a hit in this category.

A wonderfully full-flavored Belgian strong dark ale. The flavors are fantastic and complex, and it has a sublime mouthfeel. A must have!

dblinkhorn, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - 2003 Vintage - Thanks to AKSmokedPorter

Pours a murky chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is alive with sweet malt and dark fruits that meld with the Belgian yeasty and bready scent. A slight booziness is also present.

Oh man, this tastes fantastic. A wave of sweet malt and dark fruity flavors comes first, followed by a rather subdued yeasty breadiness. It finishes with more dark fruitiness and never really reveals the booze in the taste.

Full body, solid carbonation.

I think that a few years in the bottle really allowed this beer to some into it's own. I haven't yet reviewed a young sample, but the ones I have tried are not as smooth and complex. It's insanely drinkable for the ABV and just a stellar beer all around. If you have this one available to you, throw it in your cellar for a few years - it will certainly be worth the wait.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BeerIsland
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of the Belgians but this beer was enough to almost turn my head around. Had it on tap at Max's this week and I'm glad I did. It came out in a goblet without any head to speak of but had a deep, rich mahogany color that hinted of complex flavors yet to come. This is probably the best smelling beer I’ve ever had, lush and malty with toffee, plumy notes. It just wafted out of the glass. The taste was great, all kinds of malt, not sweet at all, jammy, pruney flavors and no real alcohol bite. It’s a sipper but why hurry? The mouth feel was extremely smooth and drinkability was right up there. Wow! I like these pleasant surprises. Truly a great beer and a once in a long while on tap availability.

BeerIsland, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a foil top glass bottle. 11.2 oz.

A- Rich, dark brown. Milky head that settles to a ring of tiny foam.

S- Smooth buttery, caramel, coffee, pecans.

T- Incredible. Sweet, like caramel with notes of coffee towards the end. Almost like a milk stout but much lighter and smooth. Sweet like pure cane sugar or maple syrup.

M- Sweet and luxurious. Leaves a slight residue as the simple sugars begin to break down on your tongue. Very little carbonation but so well balanced it doesn't need it.

D- Very sweet, but it would go great with something sweet and sour I think. This is luxury in a glass.

Rudgers73, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Lupin
3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pop the cork in a sink to be safe. Mine overflowed, but I had a glass ready and only lost about a half an ounce.

Wow.. I have to agree with anyone who said that the odor of bananas was profound. That's pretty much all I smell. This is going to be a sweet quaff.

Poured into a thin 12 oz pilsner. Head is pretty standard for the style. Minimal lacing. Thick, tiny bubbles. Head settles to about 1/4". Pours a little darker than the brown glass bottle.

First taste, my buds are inundated by the banana odor and I can think of nothing else. Phenols, yeast, sugar. Too sweet. Very thick. Malt and earthy fruits dominate this beer, as they should any belgian ale, but this is almost absurd. If you like that sort of thing, more power to you. The flavors are just a little too intense here, and they cling to the palate for a long time after you swallow a sip. Even swishing with water can't clean things off.

There is no need for me to have 750ml of this beer. Unless you are sharing this with someone else, there is no reason for you to do the same.

Lupin, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

This beer poured a dark brown cherry amber with a thin film of pale tan.

Smells very strongly of Laughy-Taffy bananas with a nice touch of alcohol and a slight artificial vanilla.

The taste begins with a big alcohol and vanilla sting but then takes on a cherry, toffee and gooey dry barley.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light tingle of carbonation.

This one’s tasty, and really easy to drink. Over all, I thought the banana was a little much but for a beer this strong, it went down surprisingly well.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Tbone
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is for the 2005 vintage with English label and 10% ABV.
They release in April, so it had a bottle age of about 18 months.

A-As per my usual, poured the entire 750 ml bottle at once into a large glass pitcher. It was highly carbonated, filling alomst the whole pitcher with foam. It has a very dark amber color.

S-Very rich and pleasing aroma of plum and molasses.

T-More of the same in the taste. Expectedly sweet, but a complex palate of flavors of plum, molasses, and a nice roasted malt.
I detect no off flavors.

M-A silky and creamy texture with just the right density (although this was in part due to releasing much carbonation through a hard pour).

I will definitely be getting more of this and will seek out other vintages.

Tbone, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of bwyker
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a pint glass, around cellaring temperature.

Appearance: Very dark mahogany. Nearly opaque from the dark hue of the body; however, when put up to light, it appears to be a clear, haze-free deep-red brew. A very thin ochre tinted head dangles in the middle and sticks to the sides of the glass. Lacing completely coats the side of the glass forming a slightly discolored screen.

Smell: Immediately notice toffee and molasses, with an alcohol backbone.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Smokey, roasted malts with hints of cherry at the start, followed by a slight maple syrup flavor and a splash of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Although this one is heavy in the malts, the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, with only a slight stickyness in the finish. The first few sips are a bit dry from the alcohol, but this soon fades to a nice silkiness once your palate adjusts.

Drinkability: This is a big one that will demand some slow sipping. It gets easier with each sip, but I can’t imagine having more than one or two of these in a sitting. Overall, a well-crafted beer that was very much enjoyed.

bwyker, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/5/2005 $7.99 750 mL 10.00% Brewed February 24th every year, this is the 2004 vintage.

Appearance:

Pours a beautiful deep dark brown with hints of orange and ruby within. Fine bubbles of carbonation stream in perfectly straight lines from bottom to top (a never before seen sight by me).

Aroma:

This one is intense! Ripe plum mixed with candied sugar and fino port (the predominant odor) make an intriguing blend.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Mouthfeel is sublimely smooth. First flavor to strike the palate is an intense sugary sweetness, followed immediately by a portlike robust flavor that is coupled with some nuttiness when aerated. Finish is exquisite, with the nuttiness giving way to a warming balanced alcohol sensation that glides down the throat, as your taste buds beg for another sip. A simply amazing beer!

cbl2, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this out of a brown 11.2 oz bottle, ABV 8%. This ale has a great color, a dark copper accented with a cranberry glow. A rather weak, though lacey, head disspated quickly in a large tulip glass. The pleasing bouquet was filled with notes of chocolate, plum, and rich malt. The taste offered malt and various spices on the front palate, moving to a candy coated and stong alcohol finish. Mouthfeel was lively and full, yet the candy-alcohol finish was overpowering and almost deadened my tongue for future sips. However, I grew used to the finish and it compared nicely with other ales of its ilk.

Osiris9588, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A label marked "Jaargang 2006" was wrapped around the neck, and unlike in the photo uploaded, the blue stripe running diagonally across the front label read, in English, "Grand Cru of the Emperor." Imported in Lorton, VA.

I had never heard of this beer and purchased it based on a recommendation from the liquor store manager. He had never tried it either but had heard it was good, so I was REALLY going out on a limb, especially at $10.99 for the bottle.

I poured this brew into a Stone IRS tulip glass. It emerged an opaque and very dark reddish brown with a 2 finger bubbly tan head that settled to a thick halo.

The first scent that hit my nose was that of alcohol. After swirling the glass a bit and straining to identify the odors, the first image that was conjured was that of candied plums, followed by caramel and toffee. Not terribly intense, but mouth watering nonetheless.

First sip: wow, very nice. This one starts off with that candied fruit sweetness, then evolves to carmelly, and finally settles into a warming mixture of alcohol and subtle hints of coffee. Yes, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known, but what can you expect at 11% ABV? It works well with the other flavors, countering the fruity/candy sweetness and making for a richer and more full-bodied drinking experience.

After several additional sips, the flavor continues to impress and bloom.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the burning of alcohol, and while its intensity is not uncomfortable, it is just strong enough to slightly detract from my drinking enjoyment. Again, the alcohol doesn't disrupt the flavor, just the mouthfeel. Outside of that minor flaw, everything else is fantastic: the carbonation is just right, and the finish is amazingly clean given the richness of flavor going in; clean enough to average out the mouthfeel to "good."

This is just an awesomely flavorful and comforting beer. After only consuming about half of one bottle, I can already say that this one definitely beats out Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Special Brown and takes over as my new favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It actually reminds me a bit more of quadrupels like St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10, and is almost as good.

That $10.99 for 750mL doesn't seem so bad anymore. I must get my hands on some more of these, some for immediate consumption with friends and some for storing. I bet after a year or two of cellaring, this beer would be bordering on perfect.

However, electing to select this beer for consumption while attempting to work from home was a bad idea. My head started getting fuzzy before I had even finished half the bottle.

instrumentality, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle.
2005 Vintage.
10% abv.

Pours a reddish-brown color with plum accents. Thin off-white ring of foam leaves random patches of lacing behind.
A plethora of dark fruits, molasses, and sweet brown sugar in the aroma.
Tastes very sweet, like liquid candied fruit. Licorice, cherry, and oaky malt flavors melt on the tongue with each sip. Great Belgian yeast character carries all of the flavors tremendously.
Absolute velvet mouthfeel. Smooth and dangerously easy to drink even at 10+% alcohol.

Even at room temp, this is simply a privilege to drink..the flavors absolutely jump out at you. Fantastic brew.

hero27, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*As this beer is only brewed once a year and can have drastically different flavors from year to year, I would suggest that there be separate entries for each year that it's created.*
Pours a moderately dark brown that’s very hazy. Head is generous and continues to grow long after pouring has stopped. Smell is mostly of alcohol, and faintly resembles candied fruits and caramel. The taste is big and intricate, but oddly simple at the same time. The two most dominant tastes are of the aforementioned alcohol and candied fruits, but the amount of carbonation makes it so neither one can take hold on your tongue and leaves you begging for more. It's also reminiscent of Belgian quadruples, but much more drinker-friendly and a little less intense. This beer also goes down easy, something I was not expecting.

Toddv29424, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 750 mL bottle of Grand Cru of the Emperor (in English) 2005 served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The ale is a darker beer, trending towards dark brown but with hints of lighter tones. The ale has a nice head that laces.

S: Wow, does this ale have a ramped up spice content! From first smell, deeper spices jump out at me. The one that immediately springs to mind is thyme (as I recognize it from N'ice Chouffe). The aromas are deep and tantalizing, giving a hint of the alcohol punch in this beer.

T: The ale tastes like it smells, full of depth and spices. The hop quotient here is fairly low, allowing the spices to shine, with the thyme taking the cake. The alcohol, while not overt, is clearly here.

M: The ale tastes wonderful and well worth the one-day-a-year brewing cycle.

D: Very drinkable, even at 10% or so. The spices keep the taste buds guessing and the beer itself is not overpoweringly strong.

akorsak, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 vintage. 8% ABV, not 11% for this year.

Poured dark scarlet brown with a meek white head. The dominant note in the nose is cherries and maybe rum. Maybe a little red licorice too. Taste is kind of syrupy sweet cherries, lots of floral notes, caramel, and more red licorice. Mouth is nice. A bit thick with carbonation that feels active as you let the liquid play around the mouth. If I had money to burn I could see buying this often. Luckily I have access to many aged vintages ... for the right price.

TheBungyo, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/10/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- Vintage 2004, as printed on the neck bottle label. Caged and corked. Huge pop lets go and a bit overflows. Only lost about an ounce though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Liquid milk chocolate brown in color. Clouded with microscopic yeast particles floating around. Larger than life head. Fills the tulip to the top with large bubbled foam. Excellent small chunks and streaks clinging to the side.

Smell- Rich caramel and dark malt. This one smells like a winner. Maybe a touch of chocolate and definte spices.

Taste- Caramel explodes into your mouth. Sweet brown sugar, mollasses and even some light coffee grounds round out the flavor. A tiny bit of anise and maybe some corriander spices it up. It;s very malty and fairly well roasted.

Mouthfeel- After seeing the explosion from the bottle I prepared for lots of bubbles. Suprisingly it was very mellow and less carbonated than expected. Creamy and mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Wonderful brew here. The 10% hits pretty hard and fast. I shared the bottle and was feeling pretty good after the 12oz I had. Will seek this out in the future for sure. Not sure how it fares fresh, but the 2 years I had it didn't hurt it, that's for sure.

GClarkage, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 edition, enjoyed in august 2006
A- pours extremely dark, almost looks blood red when held to the light, a bit cloudy, whitish head, dissapates quicklly, doesn't really retain or lace too well

S- fruity sweet smell, with notes of alchohol very present

T- very dark, rich, smooth sweetness, fruity taste, alchohol is not as pronounced in taste

M- thick, good carbonation despite low head, coats mouth with flavor for quite a while, feels bubbly

D- only lower than the rest because this is a serious beer, a definite sipping beer, Grand Cru's are very strong

gonzo138, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2003. 750 ml bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA, for unknown amount. Tasted in August 2006.

I tried a 2005 of this a few months back, and fell in love. This is one great beer. This one seems a little sweeter, a little more alcohol burn, but still marvelous.

Beuatiful ruby highlights shown through the deep rich brown in my St Bernardus goblet, a creamy head foreshadowing a creamy mouthfeel as it settles to a beautiful cover. Head not as rich as the 2005.

The aroma is really good. Full aroma, caramel and brown sugar and dates and figs. Better than the 2005. Slight alcohol nose.

Flavor- brown sugar, dates, delicious black cherries, and a very nice mix of spices all dance together wonderfully. The alcohol content is well hidden, but present- a slight afterburn at the end of the swallow.

The flavor and rich, lucious mouthfeel just made this so drinkable- alcohol be damned! Wow, that's all I can say, Wow.

I wanted to taste the 2005 and 2003 side by side, but it wasn't to be. I don't care. This is an instant all-time favorite.

Dukeofearl, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged from 2004.

Pours a very hazy brown, very thin tan head that fades away quick. Teensy spots of lacing. Aroma has alot of alcohol. Vinous notes, cream sherry and black ripe fruit. Sweet spice, clove and ginger.

Taste is very sweet. Candy sugar and black fruit, spiced raisins and cream sherry. Orange zest and coriander. Lots of flavors jockeying for position but somehow they all mesh wonderfully. Mouth is rich and sticky yet wonderfully smooth. A bit sweet but a nice sipper.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - It poured a nice deep clear copper color with an off white head that laces nicely.

S - I dont know if this bottle is a little bit old or what but i'll review it anyways. I get strong aromas of plum, brown sugar, some honey, maybe alittle orange, and definitley the sweet malts.

T - All of the above, but turns to a slight vinous flavor and complex chocolate and malts.

M - smooth but a little bit over carbinated, the bitterness brings up the rear.

D- If this bottle is old...then let me drink it all the time.

quasimoto, Jul 06, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Appearance was a light/pale brown color with some copper hints. Head was smallish and tan in color. No haze, virtually clear. Aroma was malt first, followed by caramel and bubblegum. Alcohol peeked through. Flavor was extremely complex, with caramel and honey dominating for me. The mouthfeel was creamy, and this is really where the alcohol could be picked up as a warmth. Otherwise, 11% was well hidden. I enjoyed this, and would have again.

, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Pours a mahogany brown but settles in the glass a blurry black with a dark cherry glow. Immense capping of orangey tinted ivory foam thats very smooth, thick, and fluffy. Sits without moving as it barely reduces itself to take on a thicker, cake batter appearance as the fluffyness dissolves into the foam. Lacing coats the glass in thick moth-holed sheeting all the while that cap hardly diminishes.

Aroma is of old, soggy, sugared banana bread thats dark, deep, and dull with slight plum, raisin, fig, and molasses soaking within the deepness. Quite deceptive on the nose as it seems to build while it sits and gets fairly deep and complexly so in that deepness. Nice little noting of spicy orange zest, cinnamon, and cardamom is evident as well.

Oh, my what incredible soaking smoothness and softness this stuff creates as it floats across the palate with amazing ease. Mild, dull flavors of dark fruit bread sink in with raisin, plum, dry fig, molasses, and soft citrusy orange notes that tender up a warming sense of spicyness with cardamom, cooked sugar, and raisin skins making for a lengthy finish. Middle has a creamy center of caramel, banana, and dark sugary sweetness. Its ever changing in its profile, sometimes more warming and spicy, other times, super tender and malty with dark dull sugary stuff. Wonderful play on the palate and on the mind.

Feel is perfect. Soft, supple, giving, full, smooth, warming, sweet, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of yum! Amazingly soft texture of sugared bread thats soaked in dark fruityness. There's even a slight hoppy, vitamin coated, citrus bittering that comes across within certain sips thats very intriguing.

The smoothness is incredible; top notch. The warmth will catch ya every time, nearly every sip in fact, which slows it down for enormously fine, big, sippage. Damn fine stuff!

tavernjef, Jun 17, 2006
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.